Making the Most of Your Profile Photo
Profile Photo Advice When Using Casuals.co.uk
HOW CAN I TAKE A SELF PORTRAIT WITH MY MOBILE PHONE OR COMPACT CAM?
Taking a photo comes naturally to some people, whilst others really struggle. The key to a good profile photo is confidence. Some people feel quite comfortable in their natural skin, whilst others don't. Maybe put some makeup on or a bit of lippy if that boosts your confidence.
A good tip is to practice your pose in a mirror before hand, see what you like and what's easy to do.
Lighting is another important aspect for taking a good picture and try avoid using the camera's flash which can often bring out blemishes that wouldn't normally be seen. Direct sunlight is the best source, but if that's not possible, place a light behind the camera. Photographers use large umbrellas or white boards to reflect as much light as possible on to the subject so bear that in mind when choosing the spot for your photo.
Always take more than one photo. If your camera has a timer with burst mode, set it to take a number of shots in quick succession, changing your pose between each shot. Finally, a picture paints a thousand words. Use it to your advantage and show people who you are. Whether this is at home using props, or out and about showing an adventurous side, be as creative as possible and show the inner you.
DO I NEED A PICTURE OF MY FACE?
It isn't essential that you have a face shot, however we know from regular feedback from members that they are appreciated. After all, it's always nice to put a face to the name.
If however you don't feel comfortable uploading a photo of your face then that's also acceptable. Members with a photo can be up to 15 times more likely to be contacted by other members.
DO I HAVE TO BE NAKED?
In a word... no! That said, there's nothing wrong with showing your naughty side, (which lets be fair, most of us have one!) and showing a little bit of skin.
Sometimes, a seductive pose, showing a little more than you would in the street, can certainly entice people a lot more than simply being naked.
After all, you don't want to offer it up on a plate, you want to tease a little and make the other members work for it.
Have fun, The Casuals Team.21/03/2013